Don Francisco returns to TV — but on Telemundo

Spanish TV’s longtime icon is changing camps: Don Francisco is taking his talents to Telemundo, where he will develop a joint production company and serve as special senior news correspondent on the Telemundo Network News. The Spanish-language channel announced Tuesday morning that Don Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, signed a multi-year agreement with the company. The news came six months after the cancellation of his record-breaking Saturday night variety show, Sabado Gigante, on competitor network Univision.

“This has given me the opportunity to do something a little different than what I used to do, to develop new concepts. For me, it’s an opportunity to develop new talents,” Kreutzberger said.

The former Sabado host will develop and produce content for U.S. and international Hispanic audiences, across multiple platforms, in his role with the production company, according to a release. reutzberger will also bring some of his expertise interviewing world leaders — he interviewed top political figures, including President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush during his 53-year career with Sabado — to his new role.

In a special report segment with Telemundo Network News, Kreutzberger will lead a series of high-profile interviews and continue his legacy of interviewing U.S. presidents at the start and end of their terms, as well as both presidential nominees.

Dream guest: President Obama.

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